Oct 14, 2014

By Scott Walker

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A hospital in Belleville is treating a patient who recently returned to Canada from Sierra Leone.

Doctors say the patient works for the military and began presenting symptoms that could indicate Ebola.

Doctors say it’s unlikely the patient has Ebola. But all precautions are being taken until test results are returned today.

Ebola has been ruled out in another case in Ottawa, where a patient who had recently returned from West Africa was presenting suspicious symptoms. But doctors say early Ebola symptoms are similar to many other illnesses.

Meanwhile, Human testing of an experimental Canadian-made Ebola vaccine is under way on about 40 healthy volunteers at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Maryland.

The test results are expected by December. If they’re successful, the vaccine will next be tested in health care workers fighting the deadly disease in west Africa.

And the World Health Organization is warning that, unless  global efforts to contain the outbreak ramp up, there could be up to 10,000 new cases of Ebola in West Africa every week by the end of the year.

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